From the Archive: originally published 9th September 2017
Getting the diocesan approval for such an ambitious project was always going to be a major task and so it proved. After two years of inspections, reports and budgeting, we finally got our official go-ahead – known as a Faculty – this June. That opened the way for a more concentrated effort to gain money from grant giving trusts. Some of you may have heard that our approach to the Heritage Lottery Fund for ‘major funding’ was rejected on the grounds that our bells are not old enough. We weren’t too surprised because ‘major funding’ means upwards of £100,000. That’s rather like a hole in one. It was worth a try but it was not to be. But the HLF has not ruled out returning to ask for a smaller amount when we have more match funding raised. So we plan to try again when we have raised another £20,000 and to seek a much smaller grant.
In the meantime we have applied for £15,000 from the Gloucestershire and Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers. And we have three more trusts in our sights for further applications over the next month.